January 18, 2016
Before "I Had A Dream" There Was The African-American Soldier in WW1"
Washington, DC - As we commemorate the life and remember the teaching of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, we note that the entire African-American experience in World War I will receive special attention during the Commemoration. For example, the Commission has endorsed a project called TimeMap. TimeMap is a crowd-sourced app for African-American WWI Cultural sites which will integrate immersive Virtual (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) with crowdsourcing functions that engage the public in creating cultural memory narratives of physical sites. The initial focus of the prototype will be on two cultural memorials of the African American experience in WWI, and a full release of 24 sites during the U.S. WWI Centennial. This platform will: give global users easy virtual access to sites via 360 degree still and video immersive experiences – in 2D using mobile devices, or 3D with a binocular headset (Google Cardboard, etc.); provide historical tourists with navigation to physical sites augmented with images, film, audio and documents; and enable users to upload personal stories – images, video, captions, oral histories, letters, etc. – and post to a cultural memory "Wall" at each site. Watch for it!
French Bestow Award on Commissioner
Washington, DC - Commissioner Monique Seefried, (here with Commission Chair Rob Dalessandro) was decorated as a Chevalier of France's Legion d'Honneur by France's Ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, at the embassy residence on January 13th. The award, bestowed by the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, upon recommendation of the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, was awarded to her for her long career in education and her work on commemorating the sacrifices of American soldiers in France during World War I.
The Legion d'Honneur is France's highest order of distinction.
Commissioner Seefried, a U.S. citizen born in Tunisia, has served with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission since 2014, and beyond her work with education and state programs, she is the lead for international partnerships. She was responsible for the recently signed bi-lateral agreement between the United States Commission and the French Mission du Centenaire.
A New Look for 2016!
Washington, DC - Have a look at the new navigation features on our website. Same robust content in a brand new package. See it here!
Bad Chow - Good humor
Here is another in the Metal Sign series. This 8” x 12” embossed sign depicts historical images of the cooks and soldiers, not always in agreement, during World War One. See the whole series in the Official Merchandise Shop